Eastwood City, home of the longest-running and most-anticipated New Year’s Eve countdown celebration in Manila, returns with a bigger and brighter series of events to usher in the year 2023.
Going all out with its biggest celebration in two years, Eastwood – Quezon City New Year Countdown 2023 is set to return with a bang this December 31 at the Eastwood Mall Open Park with the much-anticipated free-for-all event that will feature live musical performances, fireworks displays, the iconic Star Drop, exciting activities, and an after-party that will run until the early hours of 2023.
The Rock to New Year’s Eve concert will begin at around 9PM. Guests can jam to energizing performances from Christian Bautista, Lola Amour, Yeng Constantino, and Zack Tabudlo.
The event will be hosted by Janeena Chan and Christian Bautista
When the clock strikes twelve, the crowd will be treated to a stunning view of Shower of Stars, a simultaneous fireworks display that will happen in two locations: at the 1880 Building and at the Global One Building. Eastwood City’s traditional Star Drop, which hearkens to the world-famous Ball Drop in Times Square in New York City, will also signal the changing of year, as well as a special Bubble Shower.
All night long, guests can visit Tipple Stations around Eastwood City, where they can toast to a selection of premium booze. Revelers can also swing by the New Year Picks booths, where they can find NYE merchandise, a sparkling photo wall for souvenirs, and other activities that are best enjoyed with family and friends.
The celebrations continue at the NYE After-Party at Fuente Circle, where there will be exciting games and a live DJ set awaiting revelers.
Those who are planning to relish in grand feasts or New Year gift hunting, Shop ‘Til Star Drop will treat guests to mall-wide deals and promotions on dining and shopping.
“This will be our grandest New Year’s Eve celebration after two years so we are excited to welcome everyone back to Eastwood City. We made it a point that our festivities will bring joy and entertainment; and most importantly inspire everyone to have a positive outlook and a determined spirit to face the year 2023,” said Graham Coates, Head of Megaworld Lifestyle Malls.
Written by Kevin Pableo Photos by Danilo Factor, Kevin Pableo
It was a night of magical and greatest hits as iconic alternative rock group Eraserheads did their farewell Manila show titled Huling El Bimbo at the huge new concert venue, SMDC Festival Grounds last Thursday night. As a founder and co-owner of Manila Concert Scene, it was my dream for our brand to cover an Eraserheads show even though I’ve been to their 2008 reunion and 2009 Final Set show, and we’ve cover their 2016 impromptu reunion gig for PLDT/Smart rebranding. This time, my all time favorite group Eraserheads staged another historic show. This show just in time for our 13th anniversary week celebration as well. Eraserheads gave an early Christmas treats to their massive fans as the group reunited and performing their biggest songs on stage.
Attended by 75,000 fans from hardcore fans to casual listeners of HEADS including notable celebrities and musicians such as Vice Ganda and the whole Showtime family, couple Karylle & Yael Yuzon, Daniel Padilla, Kathryn Bernardo, Ogie Alcasid, Bianca Gonzalez, Gabbi Garcia, Khalil Ramos, Maxine Magalona, Barbie Imperial, Moonstar88, 6cyclemind, and a lot more. The show was also broadcast LIVE worldwide via IWantTFC, and nationwide through Cignal TV PPV and Smart Livestream app.
Festivity started with a DJ set by duo Diego Castillo & Diego Mapa – The Diegos, playing the biggest hits from the 90s, songs from Razorback, Yano, Wolfgang, Mastaplann, Put3ska, Gary Valenciano, to Nirvana, Blur, Daft Punk. Warming up the crowd closer to the big 90s nostalgia set of Eraserheads. Ending their set with Whole Lotta Lovin by Francis M and Laklak of Teeth.
Eraserheads set opened with an epic intro video, 2-minute countdown featuring Heads’ timeless hits in remix fashion. Eraserheads – Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala, and Raimund Marasigan was accompanied by the new Secret Weapon Posse: Jazz Nicolas of The Itchyworms, Mikey Amistoso of Ciudad, Audrey Dionisio of General Luna along with AHEB Musical cast as backup vocals, the show opened with Superproxy. They were also joined by siblings Elmo & Arkin Magalona, and Ely’s son Eon Buendia during this performance. During the rap part of the song, a hologram performance by the late great Francis Magalona appeared on stage, marking the first time in Philippine concert scene to feature a hologram performance just like Tupac’s performance in Coachella years before.
On the first set of the show, we saw Eraserheads playing all the songs from their biggest selling album of all time, Cutterpillow in its entirety and in order (except for the Bimbo, more of that later), celebrating the album’s anniversary month. Weeks prior to the show, Raimund hinted that the setlist will have an easter egg at the show that only Eheads fans will guess it and I think that’s the easter egg of the show. Songs such as Kamasupra, Overdrive, Poorman’s Grave, Yoko, Paru Parong Ningning, Fine Time and a lot more. Their performance sounds like from their studio album. Also, it was filled with colorful visuals and imaging lasers featuring the songs logo designed by the group’s tech crew Joey Navera on Cutterpillow album sleeve, 27 years ago. They’re quite messed up the first set including the Yoko set but eventually turned well. They’ve never played Yoko in decades prior to this show. First set closed with Ely’s acoustic performance of the song “Fill Her”
A 30-minute intermission featuring a brief DJ set by The Diegos, a surprise UP Pep Squad performance, and an action cam segment at the venue to warmed up the crowd for the second set.
On the second set, we saw a much better set of the Heads. Second set opened with Pop Machine. Heads now accompanied by AMP Orchestra conducted by maestro Mel Villena. My favorite moment was the band performing Lightyears with orchestra and it sounds sooooo great. The group did a rare performance of Saturn Return with Eon and Arkin on vocals. Buddy finally performed on the show singing his song Tama Ka which was co-written by his wife, Earnest Zabala for the album Natin99. In memories, the crowd from the Final Set show wanted Buddy to sing on that show. First time ever, Heads played their newer song Sabado at the show, which was released back in 2014 as part of a Magazine special.
Another rare performance of the band, Christmas Party from their Fruitcake album. Mr. Pure Energy, Gary Valenciano graced the song with his energetic vocals and percussion set. This was one of my favorite performances of the night. One of the emotional performance was during With A Smile as Ely said he was thankful that this song was chosen as one of inspirational songs during the pandemic era and after the song, it followed by fast paced song, Insomya. Heads played crowd favorites such as Ligaya, Maling Akala, Spoliarium, and Magasin to end the second set.
Now on their encore set, Ely tuned his guitar to snippets of More Than Words followed by another crowd favorite, Pare Ko. A loud 75,000 crowd sang along to the song, di ba? T*ngina? Followed by the song, Raims quite confused on the “script” as his setlist stated Alapaap instead of Minsan which Ely said “Kahit Kailan Talaga”, and Raimund jokingly “I quit”. Their Minsan set gave us another emotional set, remembering the peak years of Eraserheads while their Alapaap set gave the crowd jumped, savoring every moment of the show. Now down to the last song, Ang Huling El Bimbo. This song always made me cry. For the first time, Eraserheads playing this song with an orchestra LIVE on stage and never been done before. It was the best Ang Huling El Bimbo performance I saw ever. The last part of the song will always be my favorite part and made me emotional, remembering the great moments as a fan of this band. It was followed by a 5 minute grand fireworks display and a shower of confetti on the final part of the song. El Bimbo cover of Paul Mauriat and his orchestra played on the stereo and final bow to the crowd to end the show.
Despite the band didn’t perform any songs from their final album, Carbon Stereoxide, it was a great solid show. Performing a 3 & 1/2 hours set showcasing their biggest hits of all time. A show that defines reunion with our family and barkada, lots of surprises, huge production, and nostalgic feels. As Ely said on the show. “This has been an amazing journey to us, thank you for making it happen.” “It’s time to look at the future and honor the past”. I think this will be the group’s final concert ever in the country and for me, Huling El Bimbo show was a great send-off for Eraserheads but the legacy of their music will continue…
As the group to embark on a global tour this 2023. US, Canada, Singapore as being rumored countries included on the tour, more of it soon.
Great show to end our #2022ManilaConcerts season and as my last note for Eraserheads, thank you for the music and for the memories you guys gave to us in our music industry and on my personal side, thank you for inspiring me to create our brand, Manila Concert Scene. Without your comeback shows in 2008 & 2009, Manila Concert Scene wouldn’t be here.
SETLIST: -Superproxy (with Eon Buendia, siblings Arkin and Elmo Magalona, hologram Francis Magalona) -Back2me -Waiting For The Bus -Fine Time -Kamasupra -Overdrive -Slo Mo -Torpedo -Huwag Mo Nang Itanong -Paru Parung Ning Ning -Walang Nagbago -Poorman’s Grave -Yoko -Fill Her
2nd set -Pop Machine -Sembreak -Sabado -Ligaya -Lightyears -Saturn Return (with Eon Buendia and Arkin Magalona) -Maling Akala -Tama Ka -With A Smile -Insomya -Christmas Party (with Gary Valenciano) -Spoliarium -Magasin
3rd set -Pare Ko -Minsan -Alapaap -Ang Huling El Bimbo
Special thanks to WEU Event Management Services, Ant Savvy Creatives, DVent Productions, and Myriad Corporation.
Multi-platinum rock band SIMPLE PLAN is bringing their ‘The Harder Than It Looks Tour’ in Southeast Asia 2023 to Manila and Davao. The Canadian band will be performing in Manila on March 11, 2023 Friday at the New Frontier Theater and in Davao on March 13, 2023 Sunday at the SMX Convention Center Davao.
Simple Plan boasts worldwide sales topping 10 million, with chart-topping hits in the Philippines like “Perfect”, “I’m Just A Kid”, “Welcome To My Life”, “Jet Lag”, “Addicted”, “I’d Do Anything”, “Shut Up!” and “Untitled (How Could This Happen To Me?)”. Accolades include a 2005 Teen Choice Award, 2006 JUNO Fan Choice Award, 2012 Allan Waters Humanitarian Award, 2012 Yahoo! Canadian Impact Award, 2012 NRJ award and the 2013 Allan Slaight Humanitarian Spirit Award.
The Montreal-based band have remained an international sensation for over 20 years with worldwide sales topping 10 million and over 1 billion streams across all streaming platforms! The #ImJustAKid trend on Tik Tok has over 4.3 billion views and the #ImJustAKidChallenge hashtag has over 590.9 million views and counting. Plus, they’ve received numerous awards and accolades the world over, and to date they have performed for insatiable audiences in over 60 countries.
Tickets to Simple Plan’s ‘The Harder Than It Looks Tour’ in Manila will go on-sale on January 15 via TicketNet.com.ph and TicketNet outlets nationwide. For Davao, it will also go on-sale on the same day via SMTickets.com and SM Tickets outlets nationwide. #SimplePlanTour2023
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Everything is all set for Eraserheads’ long-awaited and final reunion concert in the Philippines! With the event just one day away, organizers have released concert guidelines to ensure the safety of all goers. This comes after a meeting wherein the venue and city officials committed to ensuring a smooth and fun concert for all.
Gates now open at 2PM
Previously slated at 4PM, concert gates will now open at 2PM to lessen queue time for concert goers. This will also allow them to enter the concert grounds earlier to avoid overcrowding.
There will be three (3) designated entrances, arranged according to audience sections. Gate 4 will be open for Moshpit and VIP ticket holders; Gate 3 for Platinum, Gold, and Silver ticket holders; and Gate 2 for Bronze and Angkas (Gen AD) ticket holders. Entrances are located along Aseana Ave.
No stopping, no drop-offs
Organizers will strictly impose a no-stopping and no drop-off zone along Aseana Ave. Vehicles entering Aseana Ave will not be allowed to stop in front of the SMDC Festival Grounds. In line with this, concertgoers are asked to strictly follow designated pedestrian lanes leading up to the concert venue.
Concert goers bringing their vehicles must get ready to take a bit of a walk to the venue. Nearest parking options are located at the Aseana City Block 8 Open Parking (entrance via J.W. Diokno Boulevard), Open Parking by the Church of Saint John Paul, Bradco Parking near Nissan, Aseana Square Parking, Ayala Malls Manila Bay Mall Parking, SM Maax Parking, and SM Mall of Asia Parking. There are also designated drop-off and pick-up points near these parking options.
Get ready for an epic concert
Concert goers need not worry about food and drinks, as there will be concessionaires in each section. Portable toilets can also be found in each area and medics will be on standby. In case of a medical emergency, immediately head toward the nearest medical tent located on the left and right side of each section. Marshals will be at each area to guide and assist concert goers.
Save the event map above and take note of emergency exits nearest to you.
Fans are encouraged to come early so as not to miss any of the exciting moments and surprises the band has prepared for their fans.
Eraserheads will jam with OPM’s biggest artists including Gary Valenciano, Jazz Nicolas of Itchyworms, Mikey Amistoso of Ciudad, Audrey Dionisio of General Luna, the late Francis M, and the A.M.P. (Asosasyon ng Musikang Pilipino) Orchestra.
Show starts at 8 PM so don’t be late!
Fans unable to go to the concert can watch the show via livestream. In the Philippines, there are two options to secure front-row seats at home and online for only P650.
1. Postpaid Cignal subscribers can order via Pay-Per-View. Just login to my.cignal.tv, go to the Add-ons tab, and then click “Subscribe” to the Huling El Bimbo Pay-Per-View.
2. Stream via the Smart LiveStream app! Avail the live pay-per-view access at smart.com.ph/livestream from December 9 until December 22, 9 PM only.
For those residing abroad, iWantTFC is streaming live and on-demand with 48 hours access for US$29.99. Get online access through the iWantTFC app.
The Huling El Bimbo – Eraserheads Reunion Concert 2022 is a production by WEU Event Management Services, Ant Savvy Creatives and Entertainment, Inc., DVent Productions and Myriad Entertainment Corporation. The event is presented by SMART, Coke Studio, PLDT, Angkas and Maya. This concert is co-presented by SM Supermalls, and in participation with San Miguel Corporation and Okada Manila. Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets and online.
There’s no arguing about it, Christmas is quite possibly the most awaited holiday in the Philippines. From the bright lights, delicious meals and catch up with family and friends, there’s really nothing like the Filipino holiday season! Following over two years of being kept in the “dark” by the global pandemic, 2022 is ending on a high note and leaving us with brighter possibilities for the year to come. Everyone’s wish seems to have been granted this year as social gatherings and live events are finally (almost!!!) in full swing.
What better way to commemorate this than with a concert featuring the country’s up-and-coming acts and your favourite local artists. Kick off your Christmas week festivities with the comeback of the famous U.P. Lantern Parade then end it on a sweet note with Social U: Polaris – A Balik UP Concert.
Social U is a school tour initiative by UMUSIC Philippines that aims to amplify students’ love for OPM and champion the respective advocacies of various student organizations. To kickoff the on-ground debut of this initiative, UMUSIC is partnering with Upsilon Sigma Phi of the University of the Philippines to bring SOCIAL U: POLARIS on December 21, 2022.
Sing your hearts out to the music of the country’s most sought after artists – December Avenue, Zack Tabudlo and Juan Karlos alongside ZILD, Tanya Markova, Over October, Dionela, Daniel Paringit, One Click Straight, CHNDTR, Morobeats, Tiffany Lhei, Unit 406, Elise Huang, Hey June! and Sid Buan. While you’re at it, you get to help up to 80 UP students too as Polaris will be sponsoring dormitory rent for students who need it the most.
Tickets start at Php 399 for UP Students, Php 499 for Non-UP Students and Php 699 for those who purchase on the night of the event. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/PolarisBalikUPConcert2022. This event is brought to you by Upsilon Sigma Phi and UMUSIC Philippines.
Carly Rae Jepsen is returning to Manila to play a full headlining set at Wanderland: The Comeback!
Wanderland Music & Arts Festival has officially announced Carly Rae Jepsen as a headliner for their festival happening on March 4 & 5, 2023.
The festival has been dropping sneaky hints about Jepsen’s addition to the lineup with dedicated fans dissecting each post and breaking down her tour schedules just to prove that a Carly Rae Jepsen return to the Philippines was in the books.
What better way to make a comeback than at Wanderland: The Comeback! We really really really really really like full-circle moments like this.
Carly Rae Jepsen has been renowned as a modern-era pop genius, consistently putting out records with the kind of energy that never loses her sparkle. If E·MO·TION (2015) won us over with ‘80s-influenced synth-pop classics, Dedicated (2019) was packed with ‘70s-inspired glossy yet sassy pop. The release of The Loneliest Time (2022) continues down that path, giving us her signature sound infused with new dynamic influences.
Jepsen has undeniably mastered the art of creating music that’s strikingly pop paired with a serious lyrical punch–maybe that’s why listeners can’t keep away from her.
A huge party for everyone awaits when the fan-favorite Canadian superstar hits the Wanderland stage, so make sure you score your tickets now with the Wanderful Christmas Promo!
Wanderland’s co-presenters, GCash and foodpanda, are offering an exclusive 15% discount on Regular and Star Wanderer tickets for their users and subscribers. Visit GCash and foodpanda’s pages for more details.
Promo runs from December 19, 2022-January 12, 2023 or until supplies last.
Carly Rae Jepsen joins Phoenix (FR), Sunset Rollercoaster (TW), Men I Trust (CA), No Rome (PH), Stephen Day (US), Balming Tiger (KR), George (KR), Blaster and The Celestial Klowns (PH), Leo Wang (TW), August Wahh (PH) and The Sundown (PH).
More acts to be announced. Full lineup will be released soon—stay tuned to our socials to stay in the loop.
We Wander. We Win.
Wanderland: The Comeback Co-Presented by: GCash and foodpanda March 4 & 5, 2023 Filinvest City Events Grounds
Indulge your Christmas wish and catch the highly anticipated Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo this month. Cignal TV, the event’s Official Live Philippine Broadcaster, is bringing front-row access to the much-awaited reunion concert right to your TV screens LIVE and in HD this December 22 for only P650.
Buckle up for this nostalgic ride and enjoy the moment with friends and family via Cignal Pay-Per-View offering on Ch 198 SD and Ch 298 HD. Postpaid subscribers may order online by logging in to my.cignal.tv, while Prepaid subscribers can go to their nearest Smart Load Retailer and text PPV650 (space) Cignal Account Number to 3443. The Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo concert is also available to SatLite subscribers.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime OPM concert of the year! Watch Eraserheads’ Huling El Bimbo live and in high definition on Cignal. For more information, visit https://tinyurl.com/HulingElBimboCignalPPV or follow Cignal TV’s social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.
After being postponed for two years, the Philippine KPop Convention Inc. (KPOPCONPH) is bringing you back the grandest, longest-running, and most prestigious K-POP gathering in the Philippines. Happening on December 30, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City, KPOPCON 11 is definitely the gathering you would want to attend to end the year with a bang.
The Philippine Kpop Convention Inc. together with its affiliate Kpop fan clubs aims to bring together K-Pop fans for a day-long festival filled with fun activities while promoting Korean-Filipino relations. Proceeds from the event will go to chosen charities.
What to expect: Philippine Kpop Awards 2022 Kpop Fanclub booths and activities Kpop merchandise booths Kpop Kosplay 2022 Kpop Dance Battle 2022 Kpop Singing Star 2022 Kpop Idol Look-Alike Contest 2022 Games and Raffles Performances and more surprises!
KPOPCON 11 is brought to you by the Philippine Kpop Convention Inc. and its affiliate Kpop fanclubs. Supported by: PULP Live World, Happee Hour. Special thanks to makeitlive.
Admission fee is at 500php and will be available real soon. Express your K-Pop love at the biggest K-Pop gathering of the year.
More exciting news for fans of Eraserheads and OPM! Gary Valenciano has just been announced to make an electrifying appearance at the band’s reunion show on December 22, 2022.
Hot on the heels of reports that Huling El Bimbo 2022 will now be available on pay-per-view livestream, the news of Gary V’s participation in the lineup of performances ups the ante even further.
It’s a family affair as Paolo Valenciano—Valenciano’s eldest son—directs the much-awaited concert. Not only that, more artists are also confirmed to amp up the band’s set, including Jazz Nicolas of Itchyworms, Mikey Amistoso of Ciudad, the late Francis M, and the A.M.P. Orchestra.
Tickets are available at SM Tickets outlets and online. Fans of Eraserheads in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao who can’t make it to the concert grounds can still jam with them live online with two options to secure front-row seats even when you’re at home for only P650.
Post-paid Cignal subscribers can order this Pay-Per-View, login to my.cignal.tv and go to the Add-ons tab and click “Subscribe” to the Huling El Bimbo Pay-Per-View. 2. Stream via the Smart LiveStream app!
Avail the live pay-per-view access at smart.com.ph/livestream from December 9 until December 22, 9 PM only. For everyone outside the Philippines, you can join in the fun with iWantTFC’s pay-per-view and 48 hour on-demand access! Get your online access available for your region through iWantTFC’s app.
The Huling El Bimbo – Eraserheads Reunion Concert 2022 is a production by WEU Event Management Services, Ant Savvy Creatives and Entertainment, Inc., DVent Productions and Myriad Entertainment Corporation. The event is presented by SMART, Coke Studio, PLDT, Angkas and Maya.
This concert is co-presented by SM Supermalls, and in participation with San Miguel Corporation and Okada Manila.
Keeping their promise of return, Kings of Hallyu and global superstars, SUPER JUNIOR are making their way back to the Philippines to push through their grand reunion with PH E.L.F.s as PULP Live World proudly announces the return of
SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 9: ROAD in MANILA on December 17, 6 PM, and December 18, 5 PM, 2022 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.
Known as the timeless K-Pop group, Super Junior has recently celebrated their 17th anniversary, making them one of the longest-running K-Pop idol groups in the industry. Throughout their career, they made monumental marks with the records achieved by their songs and multiple awards given worldwide. Most recently, they won the 2021 Artist of the Year at The Fact Music Awards. But more than these shining trophies and recognitions, Super Junior’s most iconic mark is how they paved the way for the K-Pop industry to be recognized now globally.
Veteran K-Pop fans would know how this legendary group worked hard from the beginning to achieve the status they have now and generously share with other younger K-Pop idols. No one can talk about Hallyu without mentioning their group in the discussion. Adding to this is the fact that they are the first K-Pop group to ever perform here in the Philippines with Super Show 2 in 2010.
Now, as they continue creating works for the fans, Super Junior is now on tour with the 9 th installment of Super Show. The tour follows the release of their 11th Album, The Road, which tells a message of moving forward as Super Junior continues their journey as artists. The show is specially dedicated to their fans, E.L.F.s. (Ever-Lasting Friend) – a fandom that is perfectly named considering their career in the industry and how their fans keep on supporting them today.
Last August, Super Junior and PH E.L.F.s met in an emotional atmosphere but during those times, we witnessed how the connection and love of this idol group and their fans rise above all else. Now, as Super Junior returns, PH E.L.F.s are in for a much more exciting, explosive, and superb Super Show 9 experience! As they said, Super Show 9 is a show where fans will feel happiness and good energy – this is exactly what they will bring to Manila this December!
All roads lead to SM Mall of Asia Arena on December 17 and 18, 2022 for SUPER JUNIOR WORLD TOUR – SUPER SHOW 9: ROAD in MANILA. The show promptly starts at 6 PM on Saturday and 5 PM on Sunday. This show is proudly brought to you by SM Entertainment, Label SJ, Dream Maker Entertainment Limited, PULP Live World, and Happee Hour. Don’t wait and grab your tickets starting November 30, Wednesday, 12NN at SM Tickets outlets nationwide or online via http://www.smtickets.com.
Ticket prices are as follows:
Super Standing E/L/F – P12,000
Super Seated – P12,000
Upper Box A – P7,500
Upper Box B – P6,500
Gen Ad A – P4,500
Gen Ad B – P3,500
*Ticketing charges apply.
For more show details, be sure to visit http://www.pulp.ph and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for updates.